Definition of correspond in English:



  • 1Have a close similarity; match or agree almost exactly.

    ‘the carved heads described in the poem correspond to those in the drawing’
    ‘communication is successful when the ideas in the minds of the speaker and hearer correspond’
    • ‘One is whether the resolved structure corresponds to the fully closed state of the channel.’
    • ‘He said: ‘These statements do not correspond to the idea of democracy.’’
    • ‘Today many external symbols no longer correspond to social origins, and wealth does not always coincide with prestigious status.’
    • ‘When I downloaded them, I realised that I should have tried to have one panel of the mural correspond to one photograph, instead of them being as haphazard as they are.’
    • ‘However, it corresponds to terms agreed upon in the last round of talks in February between the two sides also in Geneva.’
    • ‘It's probably a delusion, but landscapes clearly correspond to something in the way the brain works, and art is clearly a response to landscape, and the unities.’
    • ‘It is continually reviewing its systems to assist driving consumer confidence in food - it would be worthwhile knowing if these industry actions in any way correspond to stated consumer issues.’
    • ‘The student union is opposed to large tuition hikes, as well as any fee increases that don't correspond to a significant improvement in the quality of education.’
    • ‘The land areas and rivers named before the Flood do not correspond to similarly named features after the Flood.’
    • ‘The findings correspond to similar results in studies performed on older children and adults.’
    • ‘But does understanding the importance of weblogs and weblogging correspond to understanding how an information publisher should relate to weblogs and weblogging?’
    • ‘About 60 percent of chicken genes correspond to a similar human gene.’
    • ‘For example, chess masters remember chess positions with an accuracy and rapidity far exceeding that of novices, but only when the positions correspond to plausible game positions.’
    • ‘(Note that these numbers do not correspond to the street numbers).’
    • ‘Candidates would then be ranked according to their ability, and offers would correspond to the number of places available in each subject.’
    • ‘Patterns of genetic similarity did not correspond with geographic location within any of the sites.’
    • ‘There were mild sensations of tingling pain in certain points in the left foot which, according to the therapist, correspond to the lung and solar plexus regions.’
    • ‘Does this stance correspond to reality, to history?’
    • ‘But forgetting that, the really important point that Saussure made was that a word is just a sign, and the sign does not correspond to the thing that it signifies.’
    • ‘It is tempting to consider that the permissive state in our model corresponds to open whereas the nonpermissive state corresponds to blocked and closed.’
    commensurate, relative, proportional, proportionate, correspondent, comparable, equivalent, equal, consistent, parallel, correlated, analogous, complementary, matching
    correlate with, agree with, be in agreement with, be consistent with, be compatible with, be consonant with, be congruous with, be in tune with, be in harmony with, accord with, concur with, coincide with, tally with, match up with, tie in with, dovetail with
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    1. 1.1Be analogous or equivalent in character, form, or function.
      ‘the Inuit month corresponding to December was called Aagjulirvik’
      • ‘The authors calculate that a mean intake of 35 g of fiber per day corresponded to a relative risk of 0.58 compared with the lowest quintile intake of 15 g per day.’
      • ‘None are native Shanghainese, and all live in the city's outskirts; they agree that this corresponds to their position within the artistic world.’
      • ‘And what is more, even he concedes that I am right to say that none of the vocabularies record a term corresponding to the English word for land.’
      • ‘The Russian language had no word exactly corresponding to the English ‘privacy’, but at this time the concept of privacy was certainly in people's minds.’
      • ‘The internal consistency of items corresponding to each factor was analyzed.’
      • ‘During this process it goes through different morphologically distinguishable stages corresponding to the acquisition and elaboration of new functions.’
      • ‘After the music had been written, I would try to fit in some words that corresponded to the noises, make stories that would fit and I would explain what the stories meant.’
      • ‘Children's comments corresponded to their actions and all were noted.’
      • ‘Interestingly, these two currents in the study of US ethnic literatures correspond to a parallel divergence on questions of politics and aesthetics.’
      • ‘At that time, Constantine created a completely new alphabet which corresponded to the Slavonic language.’
      • ‘Is there a social complexity, say, in the new architecture, corresponding to the complexities in its apparent formal and material attributes?’
      • ‘An analog feedback signal, corresponding to the digital reference signal, is recovered from the tunable optical device.’
      • ‘The four suits in Cuajo correspond to the four colours of the chess cards.’
      • ‘The thinking behind the concept is that plants, like high and low tides, have similar cycles that correspond to the ‘rising and falling of sap’, brought on by the cycles of the moon.’
      • ‘From the fourteenth century on discussions of analogy focused not so much on linguistic usages as on the nature of the concepts that corresponded to the words used.’
      • ‘We will not be saddled, as was threatened, with a theoretical and ideological construct of relationships that corresponded to almost no one's reality.’
      • ‘This is a relatively high dose, corresponding to that of people smoking an average of one pack a day.’
      • ‘Samples corresponding to equal amounts of chlorophyll were loaded in each lane.’
      • ‘German has two words corresponding to ‘history’, Historic and Geschichte.’
      • ‘The test itself required users to click on pictures on a computer screen corresponding to a word that was read out.’
      be equivalent, be analogous, be comparable, equate, be similar, be akin
      represent, symbolize, stand for, signify, mean, denote, designate, indicate
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  • 2Communicate by exchanging letters.

    ‘Margaret corresponded with him until his death’
    ‘the doctor and I corresponded for more than two decades’
    • ‘Bonny corresponded with me and communicated with me over the telephone.’
    • ‘That means they can't correspond outside of their native language at all.’
    • ‘They even had separate friends and still corresponded through letters though they lived 20 blocks from each other.’
    • ‘The Brontës were fond of flowers and mentioned them in their books, and Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, corresponded with her friend Ellen Nussey in March 1844, seeking advice on behalf of Emily.’
    • ‘Margaret loved writing letters and corresponded regularly with her sisters and their families in America, and her many relatives in Ireland and England.’
    • ‘It's even worse with the folks who not only don't use the internet much but don't even correspond much by email.’
    • ‘Though the brothers' ways separated they remained close and corresponded regularly.’
    • ‘For half of their marriage they had to correspond by letter, while he was at sea.’
    • ‘Graham consults with Lecter to a small degree in Harris's book and the doctor occasionally pops up to correspond via phone or letter with Graham.’
    • ‘For about 10 years Bacon had no personal contact with the outside world although he was able to correspond by letter.’
    • ‘Having parted, the two began corresponding regularly by letter.’
    • ‘The web host representative whom I correspond with has recently reported that our combined daily hits is somewhere in the one million range.’
    • ‘She was a renowned letter writer and corresponded via letter with her mother on a most regular basis all through the years.’
    • ‘She and I corresponded a couple of times, but that's sad.’
    • ‘During that time, Mary made many friends around the Cloonfad region and corresponded with them by letter and card at Christmas time.’
    • ‘Since 1987 we have corresponded with letters and tapes - now replaced by email and CDs.’
    • ‘When was the last time you actually put pen on paper and wrote a letter to someone you correspond with regularly?’
    • ‘The days passed and Anne and John continued to correspond by letters.’
    • ‘She wrote well and often corresponded with friends in doggerel verse.’
    • ‘It was forwarded to him, and for a year or two we corresponded - he wrote amazing letters, and I felt really honoured that he wrote them to me.’
    exchange letters, communicate, keep in touch, keep in contact
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Late Middle English: from Old French correspondre, from medieval Latin correspondere, from cor- together + Latin respondere (see respond).